This listing is for 6 copies of Switchers by Kate Thompson. It is listed as a 5.5 grade level equivalent reading level on Scholastic. I bought these for literature circles in my classroom, and they were never used before I left the classroom. Books MAY have a label inside front cover that says, “This book belongs to Ms. Erin J Thomas”. Books MAY have a library pocket in back cover with library card that includes title and author of book (for student check-outs).
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8AA terrific read that's sure to keep youngsters turning pages. As a result of a strange weather phenomenon, severe snowstorms are moving south from the Arctic. Two young teens, with the help of a weird old woman, find out that the blizzards are being caused by a group of mysterious ice creatures and set out to stop them. Tess and Kevin have the ability to switch from human form into any animal they choose, real or imaginary. What better way to save the world than as a polar bear, a woolly mammoth, or, better yet, a fire-breathing dragon! Even those who cannot easily suspend disbelief will care about the characters from the very first pageAtremble when they are in trouble, and feel exalted when they triumph in the end. In addition, the premise that children have powers beyond what they can see or are told is a mighty one. This tale will incite imaginations and provide a launching pad for discussion. In the end, Kevin is killed but rises as a phoenix. Tess is so moved that she gives up her family and human form to join him. Yes, it's corny, but it fits the mood and style of the rest of the story. Imaginative, thoughtful fun.AMolly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Ages 8 and up